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Hungry children need our help.

Did you know childhood hunger can cause lasting physical and mental challenges on into adulthood? There’s no excuse for allowing boys and girls in our community to go hungry. It’s up to all of us to care for these growing kids, and give them every opportunity to lead healthier, more productive lives.

Proper nutrition in childhood is critical. Lack of regular, nourishing meals can lead to chronic illness and increased hospitalizations, developmental problems, and even significant health issues in adulthood. Hunger can cause difficulty focusing in school, and result in behavioral and social issues.

Childhood hunger is a serious problem in Southern Nevada.

  • More than 128,000 children regularly go hungry.
  • More than 58% of children in Clark County schools — 186,000 kids — are enrolled in free or reduced-price meal programs.

Thanks to caring friends like you, boys and girls can get the delicious, nutritious meals they need to thrive. Your support ensures growing children can get access to meals at school, after-school feeding programs, and food assistance during the summer.

Thousands of children in local schools rely on our BackPack for Kids Program to give them food to make it through the weekend.

backpack for kids

Kids Cafe

During the summer, thousands of meals are served to kids through the Meet Up and Eat Up program to help ensure their hunger doesn’t begin when the school year ends.

meet up and eat up

For information regarding early childhood and maternal health, please vist the Women, Infant and Children's Program (WIC) website below:

Women, Infant and Children’s program (WIC)

Hunger Facts

Imagine your child’s classroom: thirty children, and fifteen of them are hungry.

58% of children in the Clark County School District are enrolled in free and reduced-price meal programs based on their family income. That’s more than half of the kids facing hunger at home and coming to school unprepared to learn.

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